Mark Aldridge takes a look at just what the good people of Cheshire might decide is sufficient punishment for the Argentine footballer after his latest driving offence.
Yesterday, Carlos Tevez was meted out a whopping 250 hours Community Service by a judge at Macclesfield Magistrates Court, in Cheshire. Whilst there are those who may have thought a custodial sentence was possibly fair sentence for the controversial City talisman, let it be said that 250 hours Community Service is going to be no picnic for this Argentinian Cheshirite.
So how will Mr Tevez spend his 250 hours CS? Other footballers who have been handed similar punishment in the past have found themselves picking up litter in the streets. One struggles to think of anything more surreal than Carlos Tevez picking up litter in Macclesfield town centre on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon. Or painting rusty civic railings in Knutsford. Eric Cantona worked out a deal to teach kids football, but will Tevez be able to do that? Surely the courts have already been lenient enough.
For those who don't already know this, Community Service is now called Community Payback and also can be called Community Punishment.
This is a scheme where the local people decide what form of Community 'work' is appropriate for the offender. In the past a Local Authority would simply have CS offenders doing any kind of work but sometimes this could create conflict with local private businesses who felt they couldn't compete with the council's free labour services.
A quick glance on the Cheshire Probation website provides an insight into the types of jobs Mr Tevez will have to accept as part of his punishment, provided courtesy of the local people in Cheshire:
- graffiti removal
- litter clearance
- repairing and redecorating community centres
- environmental work, such as maintaining churchyards
- specialist work at local heritage centres
My guess is that come the end of the season, Mr Mancini will doing some litter clearance of his own.
What would you like Carlos Tevez to be doing as ‘payback’?
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